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Old 02-18-2013, 08:10 AM   #1
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Brewing my first batch and 6 days into the primary fermentation I’ve discovered my fermentation vessel airlock still in the box!

I’m using a fermentation bucket, which has a small hole at the top about the size of a coin.

Does anyone know the damage of not airlocking my brew?

...dreading the worst

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Old 02-18-2013, 08:16 AM   #2
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the first few days of fermentation there is a lot of co2 production, with a little luck it was enough to form a protecting blanket over your beer. Just hope for the best i think. taste it before kegging or bottling and decide then what to do.

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Just get the airlock on and hope for the best.

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Old 02-18-2013, 08:42 AM   #4
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Thanks! Hoping for the best is what i'm best at!

My brew has bits of the powdered yeast (or hops) I used floating in it. Do you think this could be the lack of the airlock or did i just not stir enough? (my kit didn't require me to boil the wort, just mix in boiled water straight in the fermentation vessel)

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That's just trub & yeast that get stirred up by the swirling action of the yeast fermenting. Sounds like it's ok at the moment.
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There are a lot of people here on these forums that ferment or have fermented with open buckets. You are fine. Just make sure your fermenter isn't anywhere near somewhere that has a draft (register, h/c vent, open window, etc) and don't breathe over the hole and you should be ok.

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